Lake Avenue Church: Break Forth

first_img Subscribe Faith Essays & Inspirations Lake Avenue Church: Break Forth By DR. GREG WAYBRIGHT, SENIOR PASTOR LAKE AVENUE CHURCH Published on Thursday, July 3, 2014 | 1:16 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. HerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeauty We return as a church this summer to the Book of Acts. You may remember that we studied the first half of Acts throughout the summer of 2013 in a series of messages entitled Breakthrough. Again and again, we saw how the presence and power of God’s Holy Spirit broke through and into the lives of people from every language group and nationality. Lives were changed. A new Christ-centered and Spirit-empowered community came into being. There was resistance to this breakthrough, of course. However, in Acts 1–15, we saw that with the resurrection of Jesus, the presence of the Holy Spirit, and the witness of the church, God’s kingdom would ultimately prevail against the kingdoms of this world.This summer, we will race through Acts 15–28 and see how God’s changeless gospel breaks forth into individual lives and societies and makes a transformative difference in a variety of ways. It’s the same gospel each time, but its outworking is new in each situation. We will see specific ways the gospel can, as the subtitle states, Break Forth into a World Filled with Bad News. For example, God’s gospel breaks forth:• Into those who feel like outsiders (15:1–29)• Into lives that feel trapped (16:22–40),• To those who seek the truth (17:10–15)• Into the minds of philosophers (17:16–34)• Into megacities (18–19)We will read the thrilling stories of changed lives that form our own heritage. J.B. Phillips wrote about these accounts penned by Dr. Luke, a man who was often an eyewitness to them:No one can read this book without being convinced that there is Someone at work in our world besides mere human beings. Perhaps because in their very simplicity, perhaps because of their readiness to believe, to obey, to give, to suffer, and if need be to die, the Spirit of God found what surely He must always be seeking—a fellowship of men and women so united in love and faith that He can work in them and through them with the minimum of hindrance. Consequently, it is a matter of sober historical fact that never before has any small body of ordinary people so moved the world that their enemies could say, with tears of rage in their eyes, that these men “have turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6).I believe that the world continues to be turned upside down. The same good news of Jesus and power of the Spirit are at work among us at Lake Avenue Church. Let us see what God will do as we listen and respond to His Word. May God’s power break forth into our own Pasadena, San Gabriel Valley, and California, and to the ends of the earth.To His Glory,Dr. Greg WaybrightSenior Pastor More Cool Stuff Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News Make a commentcenter_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News 19 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it last_img read more

[17A PC Act] Before Initiating Any Inquiry/Investigation Against A Public Servant, Prior Sanction Of Govt. Mandatory: Rajasthan HC [Read Judgment]

first_imgNews Updates[17A PC Act] Before Initiating Any Inquiry/Investigation Against A Public Servant, Prior Sanction Of Govt. Mandatory: Rajasthan HC [Read Judgment] Akshita Saxena11 April 2020 12:35 AMShare This – xRajasthan High Court on Tuesday held that where investigation based on a private complaint for corruption cannot be conducted against public servants for want of “sanction to prosecute” from the government, the complaint cannot stand against private individuals also. “…Before initiating any inquiry against the public servants under the provisions of the P.C. Act, prior approval…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginRajasthan High Court on Tuesday held that where investigation based on a private complaint for corruption cannot be conducted against public servants for want of “sanction to prosecute” from the government, the complaint cannot stand against private individuals also. “…Before initiating any inquiry against the public servants under the provisions of the P.C. Act, prior approval of the Government was a sine-qua-non and the FIR could not have been registered without such approval. As the public servants cannot be prosecuted in this mater, registration of the FIR by the Anti Corruption Bureau against the private individuals…is also totally illegal and amounts to a gross abuse of process of law,” the bench of Justice Sandeep Mehta has held. Pertinently, Section 17A of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 stipulates that an inquiry or investigation cannot be undertaken by any police officer under the Act “without the prior permission of the competent Government” where the alleged offence is relatable to any recommendation made or decision taken by a public servant in discharge of official functions or duties. In the case at hand, the Petitioners were land revenue officers, accused of facilitating a fraudulent sale to Kailash Chandra Agarwal and Nand Bihari. Accordingly, a FIR had been registered against the two private individuals also and they were being investigated alongside the public servants. All the accused had thus filed a criminal miscellaneous petition, seeking that the FIR registered against them be quashed. Their consul had argued that since the investigating officer is proceeding to investigate the matter against the public servants for the offences under the PC Act and the private individuals without the prior approval of the Government, the impugned FIR deserved to be quashed. Concurring with the submission, the bench took note of the view taken by the Apex Court in Anil Kumar Singh & Ors. v. MK Aiyappa & Anr., AIR 2014, SC (Supp) 1801, whereby a division bench examined an identical controversy and laid down that no direction can be given by a Magistrate to the police under Section 156(3) CrPC to investigate the complaint of corruption against a public servant in absence of a sanction to prosecute. In this backdrop the high court directed, “…As the public servants cannot be prosecuted in this mater, registration of the FIR by the Anti Corruption Bureau against the private individuals i.e. the petitioners Kailash Chandra Agarwal and Nand Bihari is also totally illegal and amounts to a gross abuse of process of law. …the misc. petitions deserve to be and are hereby allowed. All further proceedings sought to be taken in connection with the impugned FIR No. 1/2018 registered at the Police Station CPS ACB, Jaipur, Outpost Nagaur are hereby quashed.” Case Details: Case Title: Chota Ram & Anr v. State Case No.: Crl Misc (Pet.) No. 953/2018 Quorum: Justice Sandeep Mehta Appearance: Senior Advocate GR Punia with Advocates Anil Kumar Singh and Rajendra Prasad (for Petitioner); PP Mahipal Bishnoi and Advocate Dhirendra Singh (for Respondent) Click Here To Download Judgment Read Judgment Next Storylast_img read more

Consent To Marry A Life Convict: Madras HC Asks SCW & NCW To Ascertain Whether It Is Voluntary Or Not? [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesConsent To Marry A Life Convict: Madras HC Asks SCW & NCW To Ascertain Whether It Is Voluntary Or Not? [Read Order] Sparsh Upadhyay4 Oct 2020 4:35 AMShare This – xRecently, the Madras High Court, in a petition praying for issuance of Writ of Habeas Corpus questioned as to whether the women marrying the life convicts are examined by the State Commission for Women or National Commission for Women to ascertain as to whether the willingness of the marriage or sign for the acceptance of the marriage has been obtained from the women.Notably, the Bench of…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginRecently, the Madras High Court, in a petition praying for issuance of Writ of Habeas Corpus questioned as to whether the women marrying the life convicts are examined by the State Commission for Women or National Commission for Women to ascertain as to whether the willingness of the marriage or sign for the acceptance of the marriage has been obtained from the women.Notably, the Bench of Justice N. Kirubakaran and Justice P. Velmurugan was hearing a Petition filed by the wife of the life convict viz., Mohammed Zubair, who married him when he came out on parole in the year 2007, seeking leave for 30 days for her husband to make arrangements for the livelihood of her family members.Taking into consideration, the probation officer’s report and also the earlier orders passed by the Court, granting leave to the convict without a police escort, this Court granted thirty days leave to the convict.However, this Petition has been kept pending for passing further orders, since the Court had suo motu, impleaded the National Commission for Women and the State Commission for Women as respondents 4 and 5 in this petition to devise a mechanism by which it is ascertained as to whether women are getting married to the life convicts on their own accord or by force or coercion.The Court remarked,”It is seen that in many cases, women are getting married to the life convicts and this Court is unable to find out as to how the consent of the women has been obtained. The rights of women have to be safeguarded.” (emphasis supplied)The Court also opined,”Usually, no girl will come forward to marry a life convict. Nowadays, it is seen that it is difficult for a normal man to get married as modern girls are putting so many conditions for marriage.”The Bench further stated,”When that is so, it is unbelievable or surprising to see that a woman on her own volition giving consent to marry a convicted person for a life without husband’s companionship, love and care, which will amount to a violation of human rights causing a psychological and physiological effect on the lady and affecting her well-being. Regarding the same, the National Commission for Women has already filed their response. The State Commission for Women has sought time. Hence, its response shall be circulated.” (emphasis supplied)Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Case round up

first_imgCase round upOn 1 Oct 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Ourresident experts at Pinsent Curtis Biddle bring you a comprehensive update onall the latest decisions that could affect your organisation, and advice onwhat to do about them Cantor Fitzgerald v Bird and Others High Court Unreasonable treatment of employees can undermine restrictive covenants * * * Three of Cantor’s employees were poached by a rival broking firm,ICAP, and they left without giving contractual notice. Cantor alleged that theemployees were in breach of contract and sought damages and injunctive reliefagainst them and ICAP for unlawfully inducing breaches of contract. Theysucceeded only in relation to one employee as the High Court ruled Cantoritself had repudiated the other two contracts because of the manner in which anew remuneration package had been introduced. As Cantor itself was in breach ofcontract, it could not prevent the employees from joining ICAP. This is typical of the arguments deployed when staff are poached bycompetitors. Employees seeking to escape notice periods and post-terminationconstraints frequently argue that they have been constructively dismissed,because if the employer commits a fundamental breach of contract, the contractno longer binds the employee at all. As in this case, the stakes can be high –employers may lose valuable restrictive covenants. Employees and their newemployer may be liable in damages and both parties run the risk of substantialcosts. The employees relied on breaches by Cantor of the implied duty of mutualtrust and confidence. The different outcomes in the cases against theindividual employees reflected the different styles of the senior managers whohad introduced the new remuneration package. Cantor had tried to unilaterallyvary the contracts of employment and in the case of two employees, the seniormanagers had behaved unreasonably, advancing the proposal in a hostile andthreatening manner. In the case of the other employee the senior manager hadbehaved more reasonably. What you should do – Always ensure that confidential information and customer connections areadequately protected against post-termination competitive activities.Protective measures include substantial notice periods, garden leave clausesand tightly drafted restrictive covenants. – Include payment in lieu of notice clauses in employment contracts. Theseallow employers to terminate without notice (albeit with a payment in lieu ofnotice) without losing the protection of restrictive covenants. – When recruiting staff from competitors, always check which restrictivecovenants will apply, and take advice as to whether these are enforceable. – If relying on a constructive dismissal argument to escape covenants ornotice periods, make sure that the argument is credible. – Recognise that treating staff badly can amount to a breach of the expressor implied terms of the contract. This can not only lead to disaffection anddefections, but render even the best-drafted protections worthless. Astley &Others v Celtec Ltd Court of Appeal A TUPE transfer can take place in stages, and the process oftransferring employees can extend over a substantial period * * * * * This case arose from the creation of Training and EnterpriseCouncils (TECs) in the early 1990s. Although the TECs took over certainfunctions of the then Department of Employment, many DoE civil servants did notactually transfer to the TECs immediately, instead only being seconded to workin the TECs. Over time, seconded staff could take up direct employment with theTECs, and this migration of staff took place during a six-year period. Theissue was whether they transferred under TUPE at that stage, with continuity ofemployment preserved. The critical issue was whether TUPE applied only from the date the TECsbegan to function, or whether there was a ‘staggered’ transfer over a period oftime. Rejecting the conclusion of the EAT, the Court of Appeal considered thateach time a seconded DE employee took up employment with the TECs, this was aseparate transaction in the overall process of the transfer of the undertakingfrom the DE to the TECs. There was no reason in principle why that transferprocess could not extend over several years. The Court of Appeal analysed the position under the Acquired RightsDirective rather than TUPE, as the directive was directly applicable in thiscase. The directive was held to be sufficiently wide to embrace a transfer of abusiness over a period of time. The Court acknowledged that the wording of TUPEmay be difficult to reconcile with this result, but it is likely that a similarpurposive approach would be adopted in cases on the TUPE regulationsthemselves. What you should do The decision is particularly relevant where the transferor wishes to retainsome staff for a limited period to assist in post-transfer issues. To avoid theuncertainties of the ‘transfer in stages’ approach, transferors should seek toeither: – Agree with the transferee and transferring staff themselves on a processof staged transfers, and that this will not undermine protection under TUPE, or– Allow all staff to transfer on a single date but agree that certainemployees will be seconded back to the transferor for a limited period. Carruth v Macfarlane Packaging, EAT A reminder of the vital importance of using a reasonable selection poolin redundancy exercises * * * This appeal concerned the tribunal’s assessment of compensation for anunfair redundancy dismissal but illustrates some critical points to bear inmind in redundancy exercises. The finding of unfair dismissal arose from the employer’s failure toidentify an appropriate pool from which to select employees for redundancy. Theapplicant was the only employee considered for redundancy, even though anotheremployee with a different job title performed essentially the same work. Theapplicant had longer service than this other employee and was more experienced.These factors should have been taken into account. The tribunal awarded compensation on the basis that had a proper selectionpool been used and appropriate selection criteria applied, the applicant wouldhave been retained, at least until some months later when the other employeewas also made redundant. The EAT said the tribunal should have consideredwhether to give compensation beyond that date on the grounds that adequateconsultation on his redundancy would have identified alternative employmentwhich would have continued for a longer period. What you should do – Remember that it is vital to use a reasonable selection pool. If the poolis unreasonable the dismissal will be unfair, no matter how thorough yourconsultation process. – Identifying the wrong pool may also make selection criteria unreasonable. – Concentrate on skills and types of work rather than simply on job titles,grades or departments/business units. Ensure the pool includes employees withinterchangeable skills. Pratley v Surrey County CouncilHigh Court Stress claim fails because employee concealed her true medical conditionfrom employer * * * The claimant’s claim for personal injuries arising from occupationalstress was rejected by the High Court on the grounds that she had deliberatelyconcealed the true state of her health from her employer. As a result, therewas no basis on which the employer could have anticipated a risk to injury toher health. This case follows the Court of Appeal guidance earlier this year inSutherland v Hatton in emphasising that the employer’s duty of care to protectworkers from the risk of stress-related illness is only triggered if the riskof injury to health has been made sufficiently clear, so that a reasonableemployer would appreciate something should be done to avert it. In this case the employee had specifically requested that her doctor shouldnot refer to stress in her sick notes as she was anxious not to be seen to bestruggling with her workload. In these circumstances, the more generalindications of a high and at times unreasonable workload were insufficient totrigger the duty of care in the absence of a clear and specific warning of animmediate risk to health. What you should do – Introduce and implement a stress management policy. – Be alert to signs from the employee and the workforce in general of risksto health. The absence of a specific complaint from an individual will notalways mean a stress claim cannot succeed. – Remember that the causes of stress can give rise to other types of legal liability,including constructive dismissal claims or discrimination/harassmentcomplaints. – Remember that the cost to business of stress related absence is enormouslyhigh, even in the absence of legal liability for damages. Proactive steps toprevent or reduce stress have direct financial benefits. Case of the month by Christopher MordueAge limit on employment rights deemed discriminationRutherford v Towncircle Ltd (t/a Harvest) employment tribunalTribunal allows over-65s to claim unfair dismissal and redundancypayments * * * * * Two employees aged 67 and 71 at the time of their dismissals, claimedunfair dismissal and statutory redundancy payments. On the face of it, theclaims were bound to fail – the Employment Rights Act 1996 states thatemployees cannot bring such claims if at the time of the dismissal they areaged 65, or have reached their employer’s normal retiring age. However, the employment tribunal held that the upper age limit wasindirectly discriminatory on the grounds of sex and breached Article 141 ECTreaty. The tribunal agreed the statutory age limit disproportionately affectedmale employees. Labour Force Survey statistics showed a disproportionate impacton the number of male and female employees in ten-year age ranges above andbelow the upper age limit. The tribunal rejected the Government’s attempt to justify the discriminatoryeffect of the age limit on grounds other than sex. For both statutoryredundancy payments and the right to claim unfair dismissal, the upper agelimit had been linked to the age at which employees could draw the statepension – as employees approached State retirement age they had a reducedexpectation of continued employment. Previously the upper age limit was 60 forwomen and 65 for men. This was revised to 65 for men and women following an ECJruling in Marshall in 1986. However, women remained entitled to draw the Statepension at 60, a right not given to men. The tribunal considered that the policy behind the upper age limit waslinked to the state pension age and therefore tainted by sex discrimination,and held that the Government should have remedied this inequality beforeRutherford’s dismissal in 1998. The Rutherford case is only a tribunal decision and in itself creates nobinding precedent. The case is to be appealed by the DTI, and employers willnaturally await the results of that process with interest. Although this caseconcerned employees who were dismissed after reaching 65, it is possible thatthe same arguments would apply to employees automatically dismissed at 65 orany other normal retirement age. If so, the decision could be of much widersignificance. This case has obvious parallels with the protracted Seymour-Smithlitigation, which challenged the then two-year qualifying period for the rightto claim unfair dismissal on the grounds that it indirectly discriminatedagainst female employees. The House of Lords rejected that argument holding thedisproportionate impact was objectively justified on grounds other than sex. However, in the lengthy period before that decision, a great many claimswere presented to employment tribunals from those with less than two years’service, only to be stayed for several years. It is possible that a similarsituation will now arise. What you should do – Do not assume that employees dismissed after the age of 65 will be unableto claim unfair dismissal. Apply the same procedural safeguards as you would toemployees below the upper age limit. – Until a more definitive ruling is obtained, you can still withholdredundancy payments from those over 65 but be aware of the risk that you mayultimately have to pay out. – If unfair dismissal complaints from those dismissed on or after reaching65 are stayed pending a more definitive ruling, you will need to protectyourself from the practical problems such inactivity creates. The ability of witnesses to recall events diminishes over time and indeed,key witnesses may leave the company. Ensure documentary evidence is retainedand statements are taken while events are still fresh. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Smashed at the SSL

first_imgA politics graduate student gained access to the Social Science Library early on Sunday morning and smashed through the toughened glass of an inner door.The St Anthony’s student had been given 24 hour access to the library by his department.The police were called at 1.15am and the man was arrested inside the library. University security services also attended the scene.One source told Cherwell that the politics student used both a chair and a ‘book drop’ box to smash his way through the glass. He was found to have suffered cuts from the incident. The remainder of the toughened glass required a hammer to be cleared from the frame the next day.The student was arrested for criminal damage but released on bail later on Sunday. He has claimed that he does not remember causing the damage but has offered the university an apology and says he will pay the cost of the replacement.If the university accepts the student’s offer to pay for the damage and the money is paid, Thames Valley Police will not bring criminal charges. The glass in the door was bespoke and had been manufactured in Naples. A similar panel broken in the past cost £3,000 to replace, although the cost of repairing the damage may vary from this figure, depending on how the door is mended.Louise Clarke, librarian at the SSL, told Cherwell that student disruption was kept to a minimum. The glass was cleared on Sunday morning. Although some of the first students visiting the library had to enter through a fire escape, the main entrance was soon made accessible. The door was made secure by 12.30, just half an hour after the stated opening hours on Sundays.Oxford student Alistair Smout commented, ‘I basically live in the SSL these days, so I noticed the very next day. I didn’t realise it was an act of vandalism though! I know the SSL has its detractors but I don’t think that’s really on.’ He added, ‘Having said that, if I’d been stuck there with its artificial lights and 60s architecture for 24 hours it’s highly possible I’d end up wanting to break stuff too.’last_img read more

“LEFT JAB AND RIGHT JAB” JULY 13, 2019

first_img“Right Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have two commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan’s comments are mostly about issues of national interest.  The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give Mr. Biden and Mr. Reagan exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “Left Jab” is a liberal view and the “Right Jab is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments of the two gentlemen is free to do so. “LEFT JAB AND RIGHT JAB” FOOTNOTE: Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers. FOOTNOTE: Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.,“Right Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have two commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan’s comments are mostly about issues of national interest.  The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give Mr. Biden and Mr. Reagan exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “Left Jab” is a liberal view and the “Right Jab is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments of the two gentlemen is free to do so.center_img FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare,“Right Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have two commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan’s comments are mostly about issues of national interest.  The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give Mr. Biden and Mr. Reagan exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “Left Jab” is a liberal view and the “Right Jab is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments of the two gentlemen is free to do so. FOOTNOTE: Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.,“Right Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have two commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan’s comments are mostly about issues of national interest.  The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give Mr. Biden and Mr. Reagan exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “Left Jab” is a liberal view and the “Right Jab is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments of the two gentlemen is free to do so.,“Right Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have two commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan’s comments are mostly about issues of national interest.  The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give Mr. Biden and Mr. Reagan exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “Left Jab” is a liberal view and the “Right Jab is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments of the two gentlemen is free to do so.last_img read more

APRIL 29, 2017 “READERS FORUM”

first_imgWhats on your mind today?TODAYS “READERS POLL” question is: Are you pleased that City Councilman Justin Elpers requested that the Manager of the Ford Center update Council on the current status of the Thunderbolt hockey team?We urge you to take time and click the section we have reserved for the daily recaps of the activities of our local Law Enforcement professionals. This section is located on the upper right side of our publication.If you would like to advertise or submit and article in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] FOOTNOTE: We feel its time that our elected and appointed officials practice good public policy.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

ROLL UP FOR BEST OF THE REST

first_imgSpecialist paper and board packaging provider Siliconpak (stand J450) will have its first stand at Food & Bake this year. The company’s product range includes bespoke reels, sheets and die-cut shapes of differing sizes and materials, including greaseproof and vegetable parchment (with or without siliconised coatings), glassine and cakeboards. Siliconpak will also show its more traditional corrugated secondary packaging, point-of-sale displays and shelf-ready packaging options.last_img

New South Wales government plans for end of coal generation

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:The New South Wales Coalition government on Wednesday launched one of the most significant energy transition projects in Australia, with an Emerging Energy Program that is designed to help replace most of the state’s ageing coal plants with wind, solar and storage over the next 15 years.NSW is the only state in the National Electricity Market without a specific or aspirational renewable energy target. But in its recent Integrated System Plan, the Australian Energy Market Operator highlighted the fact that the state was facing the biggest transition, because most of its 10GW of coal-fired generators were getting to the end of their life. Within 15 years, AEMO predicts, 70 per cent of that coal capacity will be gone – and it expects this to be replaced by large-scale solar, large-scale wind, storage, and rooftop solar, with the share of gas and hydro little changed from today’s level.The NSW Emerging Energy Plan is designed to support the commercialisation of new large-scale projects in NSW that use emerging, dispatchable technology. It is offering up to $10 million per project, for a total of $55 million. But it is not the scale of the initiative that is significant, it is the acceptance that the energy transition is profound, rapid and unstoppable.“We are not seeking to accelerate the closure of coal-fired generators or delay their closure,” energy minister Don Harwin told RenewEconomy. “The transition is happening, this helps prepare us.”An emissions intensity cap of 0.5 tonnes of Co2-e has been placed on any projects. This effectively rules out coal – as the idea of “clean coal” is nothing but a marketing term. It may allow for some form of gas generation, but such projects may struggle to compete with the falling cost of wind and solar and storage. It specifically rules out upgrades and extensions of existing plant.“The NSW energy system is in transition,” the document says. “Our generation mix is changing, with more variable generation entering the system and older power stations scheduled for retirement.” It notes that more than 17GW, or $21 billion, of projects for wind, solar, gas and generator upgrades are seeking planning approval in the state. Harwin said most of this was wind and solar, and the cost reduction of these technologies was “staggering.”More: NSW launches emerging energy program to replace coal generation New South Wales government plans for end of coal generationlast_img read more

Analysts expect continued decline in European coal generation in 2020

first_imgAnalysts expect continued decline in European coal generation in 2020 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:European coal faces another depressing year as natural gas floods the region and clean-energy policies reduce demand for the dirtiest fossil fuel.Coal use across seven European economies fell to historic lows last year, pushing benchmark rates down by almost a third to $62 a ton. The prospects for 2020 are looking equally bleak, with analysts from S&P Global Platts and Capital Economics predicting prices plunging to the $50 mark, the lowest in four years.It’s the latest indication that the economics for burning coal have collapsed in little more than a year since the commodity hit $100 a ton. Europe’s goal of zeroing out carbon emissions by the middle of the century along with ever-cheaper wind and solar power and falling gas prices all point to drastic reductions for generators that burn coal.“Although we saw coal generation pushed to minimum levels in the second half of 2019, it should fall again year-on-year in the first half of 2020 due to low gas and stable carbon pricing,” said Joe Aldina, S&P Global Platts’ head of coal analytics.For most of last decade it was more profitable to burn coal than gas in Germany, Europe’s biggest economy. That relationship was turned on its head last year as imports of liquefied natural gas and mild weather pushed down prices for the cleaner fuel, encouraging utilities to switch away from coal.The gas glut may worsen after last month’s deal between Russia and Ukraine to keep gas flowing to Europe. Construction of another direct route to Europe, the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Germany, is expected to finish this year even though the U.S. imposed sanctions on the project.[Jeremy Hodges]More: Coal’s fortunes look bleaklast_img read more